Thunder forward Kenrich Williams out for season due to wrist injury

Sacramento Kings v Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings v Oklahoma City Thunder

Kenrich Williams, who has come off the bench and been a solid four for the Thunder, is now out for the season following a wrist injury that will require surgery, the team announced.

From the official press release:

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that guard/forward Kenrich Williams suffered a scapholunate ligament rupture in his left wrist during Tuesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. The injury will require surgery and he is expected to miss the remainder of the 2022-23 season.

The scapholunate ligament is in the middle of the wrist and is often what is being referenced with a sprained wrist. In this case, with the ligament ruptured, surgery is required to repair it. This is something Williams should make a full recovery from, other players such as Bradley Beal and Jaylen Brown have dealt with this before and bounced back, Jeff Stotts at In Street Clothes noted.

Williams is noted for his hustle and his ability to grab boards and make good passing decisions on the offensive end. He is averaging 8 points and 4.9 rebounds a night in almost 23 minutes a game, primarily off the bench. The best indicator of how much Williams means to the Thunder — and how much this is a blow to their chances to climb up into the play-in — is that they outscore opponents by four points per 100 possessions when he is on the court.

Williams inked a four-year, $27.2 million extension with the Thunder last summer and is under contract until the summer of 2027.

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